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Just winging it

Actors Bernsen, Jones film movie in Henrico
Famed actors Corbin Bernsen and Shirley Jones were in Henrico recently for several days, filming On The Wing, a family-friendly movie whose screenplay was a finalist at the International Family Film Festival and quarter-finalist at the Richmond International Film Festival. The movie filmed for several days at St. Joseph's Villa in Henrico, then moved to the Virginia State Capitol and Doswell. Filming will wrap up Aug. 25, and the movie is expected to be completed by January, then marketed in the U.S. and internationally through RedBox and on Netflix.

The crew of two dozen is composed almost entirely of Richmond-area residents, and the lead actor (19-year-old Brennon Tolbert) is from Virginia Beach. > Read more.

Eye-to-eye with mummichogs


Just how far will a middle school science teacher go in pursuit of becoming a better educator?

For two teachers from Holman Middle School, the desire to get better at their jobs prompted them to endure bug bites, 90-plus temperatures and primitive living conditions, and took them to a remote island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay, where they spent nights in rustic cabins without air conditioning, showers, or many of the comforts of home.

As an added bonus, they endured – or enjoyed, in some cases – numerous eyeball-to-eyeball encounters with scaly, slimy water creatures. > Read more.

Getting to know…Stephen Hickman

In December, the Collegiate School announced Stephen Hickman as the new Head of School. Hickman set up office at Collegiate in July and has been preparing for what will be the school’s 99th year. He recently sat down with the Citizen to discuss his new role.

Henrico Citizen: Talk about what prepared you to take on the job as Collegiate Head of School.

HickmanMy preparation really goes back to when I was in high school. I felt that my future was in education. I had some wonderful mentors and teachers and coaches. Even when I was in business for roughly 17 years – I was in the securities industry working with NASDAQ for most of that time – I never lost the passion for education. It had done so much for me; education literally changed my life. > Read more.

Fair(field) market value

Healthy eating, business sense and the value of entrepreneurship are among the many lessons students from Fairfield Middle School learned this summer.

The Fairfield Middle School East End Community Garden, a student-run farmers’ market that has operated each Wednesday, concluding Aug. 13, has served as the training ground for these skills.

Fairfield math teacher Amanda Hall dreamed up the farmers’ market two years ago. > Read more.

Villa starts new autism intervention program

St. Joseph’s Villa recently launched an early intervention program for children ages 2 to 5 with autism. The program, one of the first of its kind in Central Virginia, operates on the Villa campus and is overseen by Adam Dreyfus, director of the Villa’s Sarah Dooley Center for Autism.

The program was formed in response to the increasing rate of autism in the nation and an improved ability for its diagnosis as early as age 2. > Read more.

Waterworks


Residents and river enthusiasts in Henrico soon will be able to access local waterways and the Chickahominy and James rivers with greater ease, thanks to the addition of multiple public access points that will increase opportunities for recreational use and spread the impact of visitation.

There are only two public access sites to waterways in Henrico currently – at Deep Bottom Park and Osborne Landing in Varina – both of which access the James River. > Read more.

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Community

AARP to provide free tax assistance

The AARP Foundation will provide free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program, beginning in February. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 45th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention to those 60 and older. Participants do not need to be members of AARP or retirees to use this free service.

“Tax-Aide provides a valuable service for taxpayers in the Commonwealth,” said AARP Virginia State Director Bill Kallio. “It couldn’t be done without the nearly 1,200 dedicated volunteers who work hard to make it happen.” > Read more.

Tuckahoe Kiwanis donates to Tuckahoe YMCA

The Kiwanis Club of Tuckahoe recently donated $7,000 to the Tuckahoe Family YMCA. The money was raised during the club’s ninth annual golf tournament last year.

The Tuckahoe YMCA will use the money to help continue its programs for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. > Read more.

‘Go Red For Women’ seeks heart-healthy woman nominations

The American Heart Association’s "Go Red For Women" movement, along with Macy’s, Bon Secours Heart and Vascular Institute and HDL, Inc. will host a Go Red Total Makeover event on Saturday, Feb. 8 at Macy’s Short Pump Town Center from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. to spotlight one local heart-healthy woman who is in the process of making herself over from the inside out. The organizations are seeking nominees through Jan. 27.

Nominees should be female residents within the greater Richmond community who have taken action to improve their heart health. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Hardball, the hard way

‘Million Dollar Arm’ inspires with true story of Indian pitchers

Million Dollar Arm is your traditional sports flick. It’s based on a true story, so if you’re curious, have access to Google, or follow baseball to some degree, you may know Dinesh Patel and Rinku Singh. In 2008, they were victorious on the Indian reality series Million Dollar Arm and won the opportunity to train for a shot in the major leagues.

But Million Dollar Arm isn’t so much the story of Dinesh and Rinku as it is J.B. Bernstein (Jon Hamm), the scout who first came up with the idea to take baseball (or, at least, a baseball-themed reality show) to Southern Asia. Because this is a Disney pic, and that is the typical Disney sports formula. Consider Miracle and Remember the Titans, two incredible athletic stories that were less about the athletes, and more about the coaches – played by Kurt Russell and Denzel Washington, respectively. But that’s not such a bad thing, because Million Dollar Arm benefits from the endless charm of Mad Men star Hamm. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


The Richmond Men’s Chorus will end their season with “The Music of Elton John” – tomorrow at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. There are concerts this weekend for bluegrass and Mozart fans too! An organization that really needs fans is the Special Olympics – you can volunteer to cheer at their summer games, taking place this weekend at the University of Richmond and other local venues. For all our top picks, click here! > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

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